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Michael Gartners essay How the Monica Story Played in Mid-America discussed how the media accurately portrayed and covered the 1998 Clinton-Monica scandal through its use of caution and the medias strong reserve to only report the facts and not the irrelevant and sometimes vulgar gossip The essay also discussed how the public felt that the story was high lighted and exposed too much and also how the public felt that the media over-reported on the issue He used statistics stating the amount of viewer ship television news received for such events as the Impeachment Trail and acquittal trial of former President Bill Clinton The news coverage about the Monica Lewinsky affair and impeachment of President Bill Clinton suggests and showed that the majority of the media chose to use a professional stance and view in reporting the stories Alan Murray Washington bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal said it was a race to be the last in sex news about the president 145 Only those reporters looking to boost their own public popularity ratings or income used vulgar and unimportant facts to highlight in the coverage of the scandal Most reporters and media outlets only reported both well-known and proven facts The media made sure to closely and consistently cover one of the stories of the century As the first impeachment trial in 130 years many reporters viewed President Clintons impeachment as the story of their career The Associated Press for instance had twenty-five reporters working regularly on the story and published 4109 articles on the scandal ABC CBS and NBC television news devoted 1931 minutes of air time to the scandal in 1998 according to Andrew Tyndall a New York researcher Regardless of how boring and old the news seemed to the general public the job of the media was to cover the story in its entirety and not just display pieces of juicy gossip The media acted responsibly in their quest to
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